The first of Topical Shipping’s two new Caribbean feeder vessels makes its maiden call at Halifax.
Tropical Shipping, the Port of Halifax and Halterm Container Terminal have celebrated the maiden call of Tropic Hope, the first of two new Tropical Shipping vessels that will be calling Halifax; the Tropic Island will arrive later this year.
Tropical Hope was built in China at the Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard, and arrived at Tropical Shipping’s terminal in West Palm Beach late in 2018, with a compliment of new reefer containers. “Tropical Shipping is the primary reefer-carrier serving the Caribbean region; these new vessels increase Tropical Shipping’s capacity to bring temperature-controlled cargo to the Caribbean. Schedule integrity will also benefit from the increased speed and efficiency of the new vessels,” Tropical said in a statement.
Tropical Shipping’s new build programme covers six new vessels. Tropic Hope and Tropic Island are two of four “Carib Class” vessels which are 160 metres long with 1,100 TEU capacity including 270 reefer plugs, and can travel up to 20 knots, serving ports in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Palm Beach, Florida, as well as Puerto Rico, the Eastern Caribbean and the Virgin Islands.
The other two new vessels are smaller Mini Express Class and will carry up to 300 TEU with a speed of 14 knots. They can deliver cargo in ports as shallow as 12 feet and will serve Providenciales, Marsh Harbour, The Bahamas, Turks and Caicos and the Dominican Republic.
“Tropical Shipping has been and continues to be the leader in ocean transportation to the Caribbean. Tropical develops and maintains outstanding relationships with our customers and provides them unmatched on time reliability and fast, purpose built, versatile ships. Our vessels are first to market with our customers’ freight,” said Tim Martin, Vice President Commercial & Trades, Tropical Shipping.
Kim Holtermand, Halterm’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, said Halterm is ready to serve Tropical’s growing fleet. “The terminal has strengthened its basic workforce, operational capabilities and its handling capacity to meet its commitments to Tropical Shipping around the Carrier’s delivery of the larger capacity vessels. This is a landmark day in our service to Tropical Shipping and we are proud to be playing our part in the Carrier’s ongoing success.”
“Congratulations to Tropical Shipping on the successful launch of your newest vessels,” added Karen Oldfield, President and CEO, Halifax Port Authority. “We are excited to welcome the captain and crew of the Tropic Hope to our port city, and we look forward to our continued work with Tropical Shipping, Halterm and our rail carrier CN Rail to further develop trade between Eastern Canada and the Caribbean.”
The inaugural call (pictured) was celebrated at Berth 37 (Pier B) at Halterm. Typically, Halterm handles Tropical’s vessels at its larger berths (41 or 42) at Pier C, to the left of the picture.